By Ronak Dhingra
Genre: Non- Fiction
Date of Publication: November 2008
Number of Pages: 304
Short Summary: Have you ever wondered what makes a successful person? Why do all the stories of successful people describe a hero coming out of a childhood of harsh conditions? These stories give the false message that successful people become the way they are all by themselves through the toughest of conditions. Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers describes what goes into the making of a successful life. Besides having a good work ethic and a drive to be successful, there are many other factors play into one’s level of achieved success. Gladwell analyses the stories of various successful people such as Bill Gates, Joe Flom (successful Jewish lawyer in the late 1900s), and Robert Oppenheimer to truly uncover the secrets behind success. Gladwell often raises questions that alter one’s view of success. For example, why are most hockey players in the Canadian Leagues born from January – April? How much practice does it take to truly be successful? Why are Asians better at math than Americans? Outliers is a book that truly changed my view of what it takes to successful.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be successful in the future!
Favorite Quote: "Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”
Themes: Hard Work, Luck, Success
Why Should people Read it?: People should read to get a full picture of the stories of successful icons as well as what it takes to be successful in your own life.